Pharmacytimes: Condition Center: Pain Management Pain Management en-us Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:22:12 UTC Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:22:12 UTC New Checklist Aims to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse Pharmacists and their patients can help prevent prescription drug misuse, abuse, and diversion through a new educational tool launched by the Alliance for Balanced Pain Management (AfBPM). Tue, 30 Jun 2015 01:00:00 UTC Opioid Abuse Aptitude Lacking Among Physicians All health care professionals acknowledge that prescription pain pill abuse is a problem. Sat, 27 Jun 2015 05:00:00 UTC Adding Opioids to Cannabis for Chronic Pain Won’t Raise Substance Abuse Risk Chronic pain patients using prescription opioids in conjunction with medical marijuana are not at increased risk for substance abuse. Wed, 20 May 2015 03:00:00 UTC R&B Singer Claims Pharmacist Refused to Fill Painkiller Prescription Due to Bad Neighborhood A Grammy-nominated singer is claiming a CVS pharmacist initially declined to fill a painkiller prescription in the middle of the night “because of the neighborhood.” Sat, 16 May 2015 02:00:00 UTC Frequent ER Visits Could Flag Fatal Drug Overdose Regular trips to the emergency department could be a red flag for deadly prescription drug overdose. Wed, 13 May 2015 01:54:00 UTC Tamper-Resistant Opioids Reduce Dispensing Rates Prescription opioid dispensing and overdoses decreased after abuse-deterrent oxycodone hit the market and propoxyphene left it. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 04:00:00 UTC Oxycodone Overdose Deaths Drop with PDMP Deaths related to oxycodone overdose dropped 25% in Florida after the state adopted a Prescription Drug Monitoring Program to track controlled substance dispensing. Mon, 20 Apr 2015 05:00:00 UTC Popular Painkiller May Subdue Positive Feelings In addition to relieving pain, acetaminophen may cause patients to experience less intense emotional responses. Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:00:00 UTC Facebook Rant Puts Pharmacist in Hot Water A pharmacist who posted derogatory comments about a customer on social media is now being investigated by the National Health Service. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:00:00 UTC DEA Alerts Nation to Fentanyl Risk In response to a recent resurgence in fentanyl abuse, the DEA today issued a nationwide alert about the dangers of the drug, describing it as a threat to health and public safety. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 07:59:00 UTC Pharmacist Roles Expanding in Chronic Disease Management From optimizing inhaler technique in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, to catching red flags when dispensing controlled substances to patients with chronic pain, pharmacists can improve patient outcomes in an evolving treatment landscape. Sat, 14 Mar 2015 08:30:00 UTC Bleeding Risk Boosted When NSAIDs Added to Antithrombotics After Heart Attack Even short-term treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is associated with significant increases in bleeding and cardiovascular event risk in patients receiving antithrombotic therapy after a heart attack. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:07:00 UTC Opioids Dispensed in High Doses Linked to Depression Dispensing higher opioid doses to chronic pain patients could trigger depression. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 06:00:00 UTC Narcotics Commonly Dispensed for Children with IBD Narcotics are not recommended for managing chronic pain in children with inflammatory bowel disease, due to gastrointestinal side effects and potential dependence. Nevertheless, researchers have uncovered that long-term narcotic use is more than twice as prevalent in pediatric IBD patients compared with the general population. Sat, 14 Feb 2015 06:00:00 UTC Pharmacist, Former Mayor Gets Prison Time for Illegally Dispensing Painkillers A former mayor of a West Virginia town wasn’t in the news for a ribbon-cutting ceremony or participating in a council meeting. Instead, the ex-mayor and registered pharmacist was sentenced to prison for illegally dispensing thousands of prescription pain pills. Fri, 06 Feb 2015 03:00:00 UTC Community Pharmacists Improve NSAID Risk Awareness Community pharmacists can identify and educate patients at high risk for acute kidney injury related to use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:00:00 UTC Opioids for Chronic Pain: More Harm Than Help With Americans’ use of opioids increasing, a panel from the National Institutes of Health set out to measure the drugs’ effectiveness in treating long-term chronic pain, and its report suggested that the risks outweigh the benefits. Tue, 20 Jan 2015 09:39:25 UTC OTC Painkiller Labels Don’t Properly Inform Caregivers Most caregivers cannot make informed decisions about OTC painkillers based on information provided in the products’ labels and inserts. Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:00:35 UTC Pharmacy Tech Pleads Guilty to Stealing 48,000 Painkillers A female hospital pharmacy technician in Georgia has pleaded guilty to stealing and conspiring to distribute more than 48,000 highly addictive prescription painkillers. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 03:21:47 UTC Key Considerations for Treating Delirium in the ICU John W. Devlin, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, a clinical pharmacist in the medical ICU at Tufts Medical Center, discusses key considerations for treating delirium in the ICU. Thu, 25 Dec 2014 03:21:35 UTC